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Albert Finney a veteran of stage, screen and television, has been honored with four Academy Award nominations for Best Actor for his highly regarded performances in Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, The Dresser and Under the Volcano.

Born in England, Finney, at age 17, was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and three years later made his stage debut with the Birmingham Repertory Company. He has since appeared in over 50 plays before audiences in numerous cities including London and New York.

He made his film debut in a small role in the 1960 release, The Entertainer, directed by Tony Richardson. This performance was followed in the same year with the leading role in Karel Reisz's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.

Finney recently starred in such films as Washington Square, an adaptation of the Henry James novel, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ben Chaplin. He also brought to life the hopes and frustrations of men in their middle years in both The Browning Version and A Man of No Importance.

Finney's many contrasting film roles include: Scrooge, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, the prize-winning novelist going through the break up of his marriage in Shoot the Moon, the gang-boss in Miller's Crossing, the police sergeant who is tortured by his obsession with a young, unmarried mother in The Playboys and the Southern, retired demolition worker in Rich in Love.

He has also starred in many memorable television productions such as Dennis Potter's miniseries Koraoke and Cold Lazarus and Joseph Conrad's Nostromo.

In 1965, Finney formed Memorial Films which, in association with Michael Medwin, produced theatrical features including Charlie Bubbles, If, Gumshoe, Bleak Moments, O Lucky Man and Law and Disorder.

Bio courtesy Hollywood Pictures (01-Jan-2000)